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Voice Coaches Radio #513 – The Return of Laura

Voice Coaches Radio. Everything voiceover. And welcome to this week's edition of Voice Coaches Radio. I am Josh Heller. Delighted to have you joining me, and uh, delighted to be joined by a very special guest. Uh, uh, a, a former, and now current, uh, member of the Voice Coaches family. Uh, Ms. Laura Graver. Laura!

Welcome back. What's up? It's great to be back. It's great to have you back. Uh, it has been what god a year and a half Maybe somewhere in that vicinity. It's been a bit. It's been some time. It's about about a year about a year a year. Yeah It feels like longer. It does. It feels like longer. I know. You all missed me so much.

I did. That's true. And I'm not gonna lie. I'm not gonna lie. I did. I missed you too, buddy. You better have. You better have. I did. So, so welcome back. Now, uh, many of our listeners who have, uh, gone through the program have probably, well, as long as you have, you know, not in the past year, but, uh, have very probably dealt with, uh, with, with Laura.

And Laura's story is interesting because, um, Laura went through the program as a student. And her instructor was so good. I mean... So good, that we were like, man, I, I, I think that she's ready to, to teach here. Um, because I did that. Oh my gosh, are we talking about Chris? No, we're, we could be. He only taught one of your classes.

I taught three of them. And I did your demo, I think. You sure did. I did, I did do your demo, yeah. You sure did, and I have d I did your demo, remember? You did! You did, you did do my updated demo, that is true, and, um It was kick ass. It was! I don't disagree with that, um, we had some battles, we had some battles.

Yeah, we did. Mostly with, uh, Cope and Pitch here. I don't, I don't, I don't wanna. I don't want to want to do that. Do it. I don't say no. Um, so that was fun. Um, and yes, so we have done each other's demos. That is so cool. I know. So cool. Oh, that's sweet. I like that journey for us. So Tha Thank you. Um, Alexis, um, I actually got my, my wife a, uh, that a necklace with like the sideways, a love it that Alexis has.

And this is from Schitt's Creek, for those of you who are curious as to what I'm talking about. Um, and my wife's name is Alex, so it worked out because she loves this show. So why? And her name begins with an A. And so now if someone asks her name, she can point at it and go, Alex. Uh, so it was, yeah, it was pretty awesome, I'm not gonna lie.

It was pretty, pretty... I have to say, it's pretty awesome. Yeah, pretty happy with myself. I would have gotten you one, but your name does not begin with a name. I know. And so, an L1 would be... Not the same. Not the same. Nope. And they do sell them in all letters. But, uh, so, uh, so as I said, you went through the program, you joined us as a, as an instructor and a producer here, and then you left us.

I know. You left me. I did leave you. And I cried a little bit, not gonna lie. I, me too. So what have you been up to, uh, since, uh, since you've been gone? Well, you know, it's been super interesting because, um, yep, I, I left, um, and then I just super missed you guys, and life happened, and I was able to, um, schedule changes, life, life happenings, and I was able to come back, and that was, made me super happy, and I'm very pleased to be back.

Um, I was, I was able to do in my time away with you guys, actually a little bit away, and then. As I was coming back, I was doing some, uh, theater that, because the theater has, has, has returned. Thank goodness. I know recently you were just finishing up, uh, finishing up a show. I was, yes. Yeah, and you cried in it, apparently.

I did have a lot of, there were a lot of tears. Yeah, hey, listen. On and off the stage. Yeah, that's fair. That's fair. Theater will do that to you. It will. God, theater people are dramatic. Um. It's not like you know anything about that. Sassy. Um, so, you know, obviously, you know, we, we, we'd love having you back.

What are you going to be doing with us? What are you, what are you doing with us? I know that, you know, you're, you're doing a lot of the things that, that you had previously done. And, and, you know, those are listening who are going through the program might, uh, get a chance to talk or see. see or listen to Laura teaching classes, but also doing the webinars, uh, that we are, that we were doing for those who, uh, who have not gone through the program, who might be interested in looking into it.

We have, uh, we have webinars that tell a little bit more about it, uh, uh, getting paid to talk, uh, things like that. Uh, so, so what are you going to be doing here? What the, what do you, what you doing? I do so many things. I am, I wear lots of hats. I wear lots of hats. Um. Do you wear hats? I don't know if I've ever seen you in a hat.

So, I was going to wear a hat recently, but today my hair is in a ponytail. So, not wearing a hat. But I do have a couple hats that are actually inspired by Alexis Rose. I can dig it. I can dig it. Now, what hats are you wearing? Metaphorically. Metaphorically. Yes. I'm kind of doing lots of different things.

I'm part of our community outreach, um, I'm also doing producing, as I did, um, when I was here last. And I am also doing some of the webinars and our... Um, introductory classes, you know, just talking to people about voiceover, if it's something that they've thought about or they've been interested in for a long time, I can give them some information on that and see if it's, you know, right for them and if it's something that they just haven't pulled the trigger on and they're just like, hey, I just want a little more information and This class gave it to me, and maybe they wanna dive into the field.

Well, and, and I think it's interesting because that, that, that's not you. That, I mean, that's not that long ago. That was you. Yeah. Um, you know, I I, I, I joke that, you know, I, I, yeah. I I was your instructor to the program. I mean, I, I was for most of your program mm-hmm. , but I mean, you came in without. really, you know, much experience in that.

Not that long ago. And I know you have, you know, you have done voiceover work. Have you done any, any voiceover work recently? Um, I had done actually some voiceover work, um, pre, um, pandemic and it got, everything got a little bit halted. Um, but there's a project that I may be working on coming up. A friend of mine is a, um, is a self author.

She, she is a self published author, and she's done a couple children's books. So, um, I'm hoping to work with her on that, um, which is very, very cool. Um, and also, I had done some, um, voiceover work, um, with the theater. I have been, there are several plays out there that need, um, voiceover work. So that was a lot of fun for me as well.

I actually got to do one which I was particularly, um, happy with. That was, um, a flight attendant. So I got to have that very, like, old school. type flight attendant voice, which was so much fun for me. The old, the old TWA. Oh, yes. Yeah, I, I actually, I did, um, I did some voiceover, it was a few years ago now, for, um, for, uh, uh, the intro to Beauty and the Beast for, uh, for a local pro, a local show.

And, uh, and I love the intro to Beauty and the Beast. And, uh, I don't remember much of it anymore, but it was so dramatic. It was so dramatic and I loved it. I loved it. It was so much fun. So much fun. Because you're a, you're a secret theater person. Oh, I'm, I don't make any secrets about it. You don't. You don't actually.

I mean, the problem is it's been a long time. The last time I was in a show, I was 17. That was a few years ago. Yep. Just a few. 19 to be precise. But who's counting? But who's counting? The last show I was in was like the greatest theater experience of my life. And that was Les Mis. Yes. And it was, Oh, amazing.

Remind me which part you played. I was Angerla. He was the, uh, the leader of the student rebellion. I sang Red and Black. Oh, that's such a good one. Um, do you hear the people sing? I died, I mean, so dramatically. Oh, it was fantastic. Oh, look at you. Look at you. I had, uh, I had, uh, Ponytail, uh, was not mine, it was the wig.

Uh, I also had mutton chops. They were mine. Uh, I grew out my facial hair for it and, like, a week before the show, I shaved off the goatee and kept the mutton chops and, after the show ended, I kept the mutton chops for a little bit longer because, yeah, I'm that guy. I'm that guy. Senior in high school with mutton chops.

That's a thing. That's totally a thing. Totally a thing. Totally a thing. I mean, it's a bad thing. For those of our audience that are listening and will be listening to this, um, Josh has a full, like, mountain man beard. Yeah, no, it's pretty, it's pretty intense. It's pretty gnarly. Here's the thing you should need to know.

I could grow versions of this. in high school, um, and, and did for, for that. And then I, like I said, I shaved most of it to, to get the goatee, but I, I could, I could grow, uh, mm, it was a little patchier than it is now. It's filled in a little bit, but, uh, but yeah, I, I could grow a pretty good beard when I was 17, which was pretty awesome.

Pretty awesome. It was a lot darker than it is now. It has, uh, taken on some lighter tones. It has taken on some lighter tones. No, it has certainly. And certainly. Definitely in the past few years. Yeah. You can say that. I've seen, I've seen the different colors. Thank you. Um, Emerge. Emerge. No, it's uh, it's definitely shinier than it used to be.

Yes. Definitely a little, uh, little silvery er. There's got, you've got some tinsel in there. I do. I do. I won't lie. Um, I had a friend of mine at the gym who was, uh, who was a ginger and he, he was growing a beard and he's like, yeah, there's a little bit of gray in there. And I was like, oh, it's like a salt and pepper.

He goes, it's actually a salt and paprika. And I was like, that's tremendous. I love that. I love that too. And I was like, that is a fantastic thing. I don't have one, but if I did, I would use that every day. So there you go. Yeah, uh, yeah, so I, uh, that was, God, that was great. And, and, and here's the thing, I have come close to doing theater here in Albany.

You have. I have almost been coerced into it multiple times. You never really, you know, never really panned out. Um, I'm not against it. I'm not against it. I wouldn't. But there is something to be said for the fact that I don't know if I feel like starting at the bottom again. Because that's what happens when you start.

I get it. But you start at the bottom. Yeah. And have to work your way up. And I am not, I don't know if I'm interested in that. The fortunate slash unfortunate thing about our local theater community, which is very wonderful and diverse and has so much talent in it, it really does, is that men of your age range old, old guys are, are, um, yes.

Very old. Middle age. Middle aged. Middle aged. Oh, oh, that doesn't feel good. Um, no. Approaching, approaching middle age, um, in your prime, really in your prime. Oh yeah, that's what I feel. Thank you. Flattery will get you everywhere. are in rather high demand, so... Well, I know they were going to do, um, uh, Jekyll and Hyde, I think.

Yeah. I don't know if that ever actually happened. It did not. Because that was right before the pandemic first started. And I was very much considering that because I love that show. It's a great show, yeah. And I was very much considering that. But, um, I, yeah, I didn't think it actually ever, ever came to pass, unfortunately.

It did not, unfortunately. But, there are lots of other opportunities coming up for a man of your, so, Will I have to shave my beard? Well, I, actually, probably not, because, no, I would think not. Because that's gonna, that's gonna be very dependent on whether or not I do the show. Right, I mean, maybe trim it a little bit, but, but yeah.

I can, I can, I can trim it. Yeah. Who's kidding? I don't trim. My wife trims my beard. That's true. And cuts my hair. Because. Alex does a very good job. You know, we, we, we, you find out new things during the pandemic. Find out new skills that you have. I know a lot of people were, were taking up voiceover because they're like, you know what?

I can do this. And I don't have to leave my house to do it. That's fantastic. My wife found out she could cut hair and trim beards because she was cutting my son's hair because going to the, going to the barber with my son was a nightmare. Um, and so, you know, she cut his hair and I was like, Hey, you want to?

Mine. 'cause otherwise it's going. Um, and uh, and yeah, I don't know. You weren't, I don't think you were here when I shaved my head. No, I was not. Thankfully I was here when you shaved the beard though. Yeah, that was a few years ago. That a, a years ago ago. But it is important to note, I shaved my beard and got appendicitis within a month.

This. Yeah. And is there a coincidence there? There is not. There is not. It's the source of all my powers. And, may I add, that when you shaved that beard, you told no one. I told no one. No, God, no. And you came in, I saw you, and I looked at you, and then I walked out of the room. Yeah, I remember I walked in, and Ashley was at the front desk, Ashley who used to work at the front desk, and I'm pretty sure all she said was, No!

And I was like, Thank you. It's good to be here. But the best response was my son, because I didn't tell him. I mean, my wife knew I was going to do it, but I didn't tell my son, and I got home, and he, he was younger at the time, he was probably two and a half, maybe three, and he had, I mean, he had seen me without a beard, but not probably that he remembered, and uh, he just touched my face a lot, and told me my face was weird.

Which is not wrong, I mean, that's still true to this day, my face is in fact, uh, weird. Um, so yeah, how did, uh, yeah, so, so there you go, so there, there, there, there you have it. Um. That is the story. Yeah. So anyway, um, well, welcome back. We're so glad to have you. And, uh, I just want to reintroduce you to the world.

Re, uh, re, reintroduce you to the, uh, to the Voice Coaches Radio world, and I'm sure that we will have you on in the, uh, in the future. I hope so. I hope there's a holiday edition because you know how much I love the holiday season. So you're gonna have to, we're still, we're still crafting a, a, yeah, I mean, that's, yes, 100%.

But you need to go back a year ago because I was doing the podcast by myself, this is before Marissa arrived and became my co host, and I did a 12 days of voiceover and sang it and wrote it and it was awesome. It was awesome. I don't know if anyone else agrees with that statement, but I thought it was awesome.

I had a blast doing it. I will have to go and listen to that. The fact that people are still listening to the program after that, that says a lot. It says so much. So, uh, check out, uh, check out, uh, uh, Christmas, Christmas 2020. Uh, after a wonderful year, I figured I need to give everyone a gift. And the gift was, uh, that.

The gift of you. Yeah, it was something. The gift was something. So, uh, yeah. Well, all right. Well, welcome back. And, uh, and like I said to everyone listening in, I'm sure you'll be hearing Laura on the program here, but probably also if you're going through the program or, or, you know, if you're considering the program, like I said, she does a lot of the webinars for us as well, introducing, uh, voiceover to people.

And, um, and, and again, she's, uh, you know, helping with the community outreach. So she's going to be around. You're gonna see her. Or hear her. And uh, and I'm Hear me, see me, all of, all of that. And I'm thankful for that. I am, I am thankful for that. Aw, me too. I'm thankful for you. So, welcome, welcome back.

Welcome back. It's, it's good to be back. Good. It's good to have ya. It's good to have ya. Uh, so thanks everyone for tuning in this week. And uh, definitely tune in next week. I think Marisa will be back next week with us. And uh, we will uh, we'll pick up where we left off. I don't remember what that was, but um, you know.

We'll figure it out. But if you have any questions, comments, concerns, any issues you want us to discuss, Josh at VoiceCoaches. com, that's the easiest way to do that, Josh at VoiceCoaches. com, easiest way to get in touch with either of us, with any of us, and uh, you know, we're happy to discuss that. Because remember, it's not just our show, it's yours as well, it's yours as well.

So uh, that is it from uh, from here again, thanks for tuning in, Laura, thanks for joining us. Thank you. And uh, until next time. So long, everyone. Visit voicecoaches. com for more voiceover news and information.

Josh welcomes back Laura Graver to Voice Coaches Radio. After leaving Voice Coaches a year ago, Laura has rejoined the team. We catch up with her to see what she’s been up to, and what she will be doing now that she’s back.